The tournament will continue as soon as this pesky World Cup stops distracting me, but until then let’s take a look at some of the awesome doodles and sketches from David Silverman’s multi-decade tenure as animation director for “The Simpsons.” You can find all these and a lot more on his Twitter feed, @tubatron. Click on the images to see them full size.
David Silverman’s Twitter feed is the gift that keeps on giving. Here are some more of his early Simpsons sketches he shared.
From 1987, a sketch from the Tracey Ullman Show short “House of Cards,” as well as some rough models for Maggie and Grampa:
From the 1989 short “Maggie in Peril: Chapter One,” a background cell drawn by Eric Stefani, and an animation cycle:
Also from 1989, one of Silverman’s first sketches for the Simpsons title sequence:
Also from Eric Stefani, a draft of a cut scene from 1990’s “Bart vs. Thanksgiving”:
Homer acting poses for the second season episode “Blood Feud” from 1991:
Homer’s heart attack poses from 1992’s “Homer’s Triple Bypass“:
Sketches for Mr. Burns’ big number in “Two Dozen and One Greyhounds,” 1995:
Finally, some sketches and color drawings from 1997’s “El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)”
Update: Added one more, a worksheet of Silverman trying to figure out how to draw Bart as The Raven.
“The Simpsons” animation director David Silverman shared some beautiful sketches from the archives on his @tubatron Twitter account last night:
Via Dead Homer Society, here’s a vintage FOX promo/making-of vignette that puts some faces behind those all too familiar voices:
Round 70: 4F14 vs. 7F11.
4F14: “Brother from Another Series” (Season 8 / February 23, 1997)
Written by Ken Keeler
Directed by Pete Michels
Showrunners: Bill Oakley & Josh Weinstein
Kelsey Grammer’s performances as Sideshow Bob are always a delight, and giving him David Hyde Pierce to play off of is a great idea. I’ve only seen one or two episodes of Frasier, so I bet there are a lot of references I don’t get, but there are a ton of other funny things to enjoy here, plus beautiful, dramatic animation and scoring.
If you like the occasional glimpse behind the scenes of The Simpsons, you could do worse than to follow David Silverman on Twitter, where he, a while ago, shared a page from this episode’s storyboards, with notes by Brad Bird:
7F11: “One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish” (Season 2 / January 24, 1991)
Written by Nell Scovell
Directed by Wes Archer
Showrunners: James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Sam Simon
What can I say? A pivotal episode for the series, one that announced to the world that this wasn’t just some cartoon, but a show that has something to say, stories to tell, make you think, and make you laugh.
- -“What are you in for?”
The winner: 7F11, “One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish.”